Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Red Robin investor resumes its push for control

Vintage Capital is commencing a proxy fight to land four seats on the restaurant company’s board. It alleges that current directors haven’t been forthcoming about acquisition offers.


Il Fornaio’s new owner names Michael Beatrice CEO

The 24-year chain veteran will oversee the concept’s U.S. expansion.

Coleman was previously president of Del Frisco’s Grille.

The former model succumbed to Alzheimer’s after a seven-year battle.

The operator of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and other concepts named the former Hilton executive to replace the retiring Steve DeSutter.

The Louisville, Ky.-based chain named the former Taco Bell executive chief development officer.

He moves up from senior director of marketing for the Inspire Brands holding.

He will continue to oversee the domestic operations of Outback. In another change, Liz Smith is stepping down as executive chairwoman.

The appointment was the latest top-level executive and board changes disclosed today by Bloomin’ Brands.

Restaurant veteran Joe Pate will oversee operations for the fast-casual chain as it prepares to grow.

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